Murphy & Coky can be found on African Alley with their big brother Donovan.

This new addition is located on African Alley and will be introduced in it’s new exhibit Spring 2014.

The Utica Zoo’s own Toluca the Mexican Wolf has been chosen as genetically valuable to the species and will now be at the Wolf Conservation Center as part of the SSP (Species Survival Plan) We are very excited to be apart of the Mexican Wolf SSP! This is just one way we continue to foster the future of animals and their environments.

Read the full story and learn more HERE.

 

 

The Utica Zoo welcomes the newest addition to its animal collection, the Canada Lynx. The new Lynx will be on exhibit on Sunday, December 15th in conjunction with Holiday Hoot at the Zoo which is the Zoo’s annual holiday celebration. The pair of Lynx were recently acquired from a facility in Watertown NY and will now have a home on the Utica Zoo’s North Trek. In addition to the new Lynx, Snowy Owls, Mexican Wolves, and Red Fox can also be found on the Trek.

The Utica Zoo is open year round ( closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) and many of the animals can be seen out in the snow. During the winter months, the Zoo offers snow shoe rentals and trails on the North Trek for those looking to see animals in a new way. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own equipment as well and join the many that have taken advantage of the season’s beautiful landscapes.

 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday; a day created by American Express to highlight local retailers amongst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday’s big box stores. This year Small Business Saturday is on November 30th and the Utica Zoo Gift Shop has gifts and unique treasures sure to please those of all ages.Open from 10am-3pm daily throughout the winter season (Nov.1-March 31), the Gift Shop offers shoppers an array of items to fit every budget. From favorite Zoo animal plush, to educational books and activities; there is something for the child in everyone.

Looking for that special one of a kind gift for the one who has it all? Pick up a hand painted feather or behind the scenes Animal Encounter certificate! Create your own Utica Zoo gift bundle and pick out the perfect mix of apparel, hats, mugs, cups and more! And remember, membership to the Zoo offers a whole year of fun and is always the perfect fit!

The best thing about shopping at the Zoo is knowing every dollar you spend in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop stays at the Utica Zoo. It is only through community support that the Zoo can continue to improve and grow while keeping its animals happy and healthy. So this year, instead of fighting the crowds and waiting hours in lines, think local and shop the Utica Zoo Gift Shop!
The Utica Zoo accepts cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and NOW ACCEPTING AMERICAN EXPRESS.

Utica based organization, The Utica Zoo has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public from Oct. 1 – Nov. 19, 2013.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at www.100carsforgood.com. Visitors to the page may cast up to two votes per day for different organizations to select the organizations they feel are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.

The Utica Zoo has received the most votes and has been named as a winner of a new Prius, which will be used to assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence. The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo.

Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others. For more information, visit www.100carsforgood.com.

About The Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 99 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings in with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of over 200 animals.

About Toyota.

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.

 

The winter season, or the span between November 1st and March 31st, is a beautiful time at the Utica Zoo. The grounds are covered in a blanket of sparkling white snow. The crisp, cool air flows through the tall pine trees and sounds of native birds float along the breeze. With winter comes new ways to experience the Zoo through the ever so popular snow shoe rentals, or bring your own to get in touch with nature and the animals along the winding trails of the North Trek.
But what does this all mean for the animals you ask? For most, it means growing extra hair to keep warm and enjoying the opportunity to play in the snow. Nigel and Najla, the Bactrian Camels who call the Utica Zoo home, look noticeably different as their winter coats grow and grow!
Others, such as the African Crested Porcupines and Serval, are not acclimated to Upstate New York winter. With no built in utilities, there are no means of heating the African Alley. For some animals at the Zoo, winter is a time when they must be kept in their inside holding to assure they stay nice and warm. These animals will not be back on exhibit until warmer weather returns.The Utica Zoo strives to be a four season Zoo. As we look toward our future with visitor experiencebeing a priority, we envision exhibits where animals are viewed year round through climate controlled
and indoor viewing areas. For specific ways an immediate gift could begin improving the Zoo and help our animals today, visit www.uticazoo.org/give.
Individual and corporate support of the Utica Zoo through unrestricted contributions, annual membership, zoo animal adoptions and year round attendance is impactful because every dollar stays right here. It is through community support that the Zoo continues to improve, grow and become a Zoo for all seasons. Like us on Facebook and check out uticazoo.org. This season, get out and try something a little bit…wild!
Winter Admission Rates November 1-March 31:
Ages 0-2: FREE Ages 13-61: $4.25
Ages 3-12: $2.50 Seniors 62+: $3.50
Military & College Students w/ ID $3.50
Winter Hours: Admission Gate closes at 3pm, Zoo Gates close at 4pm.
Some animals off exhibit between 3-4pm for end of day cleaning.
We will be OPEN New Year’s Day!

The Utica Zoo is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. Now we need your support! Vote for The Utica Zoo at www.100carsforgood.com on October 12, 2013.

The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo.  Always keeping animal safety and welfare foremost in mind, a Toyota Sienna would assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence.  In 2012, over 20,000 children and nearly 11,000 adults were presented to throughout 12 counties via the Utica ZooMobile.  For the first six months in 2013, off premises zoo programs have been presented in 172 locations to 9,990 children and 8,800 adults.  The importance of this grant is this; for all of the people listed above who received education, several program invitations had to be denied due to maximum use of our one current ZooMobile. 

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will award 100 vehicles over the course of 50 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Winning organizations will use the Toyota vehicles to help expand their reach and missions within their communities.

Please support The Utica Zoo on October 12, 2013. Voting will take place at www.100carsforgood.com.

>>VOTING RULES<<

New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival

Saturday September 14
10 am to 4 pm
FREE PARKING • RAIN OR SHINE
FREE ADMISSION FOR THE FIRST 2,000 GUESTS

Mark Tyoe, Northeast Chainsaw-
Carving Champion • Face painting
by Smiley and Coco • Music and
Entertainment • Utica Zoo features
a collection of 70 exotic and domestic
animals from around the world
• Food by Voss’s at the Zoo

Military discount of $5 off memberships available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop with ID! 

* Not valid on Pass Packs

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31
Child $4.75 $2.50
Adult $7.75 $4.25
Senior, Military, College $6.75 $3.50

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